29 April 2009

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How good do I need to be to go to Heaven when I die? Wow, it’s tough being good and being good all the time is out of the question because no one; not you nor me, can be perfectly good all the time and we all know that we have at some time or another done something which wasn’t good. Can someone, anyone be really good enough to get into Heaven and be with God? How good do I need to be to go to Heaven when I die? Look at how Mother Teresa lead her life. She did a lot of good. For over 45 years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries and by the time of her death, her Missionaries of Charity continued to expand and was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools.1 I don’t know about you but I know that I don’t even come close to being as good as Mother Teresa at being a good servant to others let alone am I able to even give that much time and devotion to being that good yet Mother Teresa did it and did it well. Is being as good as Mother Teresa an example of how good you and I need to be to go to Heaven? I hope not. If Mother Teresa is an example of what it takes to get into Heaven, I guess I’m not going to get there… nor for that matter, you either because I’ve not heard of anyone else who has done so much good as Mother Teresa. Wait a minute… how about Adolf Hitler? He did not do a lot of good and in fact, he actually did a lot of evil. Under Adolf Hitler’s orders, between 1939 and 1945, the SS, assisted by collaborationist governments and recruits from occupied countries, systematically killed somewhere between 11 and 14 million people, including about six million Jews, in concentration camps, ghettos and mass executions, or through less systematic methods elsewhere. In addition to those gassed to death, many also died as a result of starvation and disease while working as slave laborers (sometimes benefiting private German companies). Along with Jews, non-Jewish Poles (over three million), communists and political opponents, members of resistance groups, homosexuals, Roma, the physically handicapped and mentally retarded, Soviet prisoners of war (possibly as many as three million), Jehovah's Witnesses, Adventists and Neopagans, trade unionists, and psychiatric patients were killed.2 Looking at what all evil Adolf Hitler, and there was a lot of it, it to me seems easy for you and...
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What do you want? Peace at any price! Do you even understand what, “Peace at any price” is? I doubt that you do because if you knew, you would understand that “Peace at any price’ comes at a HUGE COST to those who try living it and to those who live near those who try to live a life of “peace at any cost.” Peace at any price has caused many relationship breakups in marriages, dating, and friendships. It’s the cause of people loosing their temper and becoming destructive; saying hurtful words and even becoming physically angry with rage, endangering and murderous. Yes, peace at any price comes at a tremendous cost to whoever tries to live their life under its deceitfully deadly expression implies. Yes, “Peace at any price” has killed countless people in the past, present and will kill countless more in the future if others try to live their life trying to have, “Peace at any cost.” For you to live your life with the premise of peace at any price, you have to sacrifice your sense of personhood. You will have to suppress your values. You will have to live your life being tolerate of everyone around you doing whatever it is that they want to do to you whenever it is they want to do it to you and however it is they want to do it to you. You will have to put up with it because you cannot do anything about it because you are paying for “peace at any price.” You will have to endure everyone’s opinion without speaking yours because you may with your opinion break the “peace” that you are paying for with your sense of personhood. You see as you live your life striving for peace at any cost, you are building up a great hatred anger that as time goes on will continue to build at a staggering rate. The thin covering that you have shielding your true inner feelings being kept from being expressed due the tolerance you have painfully endured to capacity gets thinner and thinner with each passing tick tock of people stepping on you again and again and you not doing anything about it because you want peace at any price. One day comes when your thin covering has grown so scant that when that next occurrence comes be it from your spouse, your boss, on the road, at the market or at the ballgame, it bursts open as you cannot tolerate any more and become verbally and physically angry with rage, endangering and maybe even murderous. You see it and hear it on the news everyday where someone looses their temper for what seems to be something that is nothing to...

Victor E. Pearson

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